Red Russian Kale
'Russian Red' kale.

Red Russian Kale

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Rare variety with red frilly leaves and purple veins.
Red Russian

60 days — Once a fairly rare variety only circulated among seed saving gardeners, 'Red Russian' kale has become a popular commercial variety. Synonyms attributed to this variety include, 'Russian Red', 'Canadian Broccoli', 'Ragged Jack' and 'Buda'.[1] Its reddish colored, frilly leaves have purple veins and deliver an excellent flavor. The plants are quite frost tolerant.

As plant historians, we seek factual, documentary evidence before we publish a variety's history. 'Red Russian' kale is one of those varieties whose history, to date, remains elusive. Although some seed sellers describe interesting and colorful "stories" about is dating to pre-1885 Canadian fur traders, we have not been able to locate supporting evidence. What we do know is that it started appearing in the United States in about 1984 among seed savers and its popularity has grown from there. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 250 seeds.
Love it fresh in salads
I grew this kale and was still picking leaves off the 6 plants I had for 4 months! I had no problems with pests, except a short battle with slugs that I quickly got under control. I like it cooked but love it fresh in salads & even used in place of lettuce for sandwiches!
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Reviewed by:  from Sioux Falls, SD. on 9/6/2011
Agreed, The Best Kale Ever!
This Kale is delicious. So tender & sweet you can eat it right off the plant--perfect for salads. And it looks simply beautiful too; a gorgeous red & green coloring.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Seattle, Wa. on 1/6/2014
Sweet and Prolific
In just the right spot this variety from Victory Seed Co. lasted five seasons! Very tender and very sweet especially following a frost. Seeds remained viable until I ran out (3 years). I attribute this to packaging by Victory Seeds® in one of their packs we purchased.
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Reviewed by:  from Oklahoma. on 7/11/2014
This is the first kale I have ever grown. I planted it in January and produced through May. By March and April it was producing all we could use on only two plants. Delicious in kale chips.
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Reviewed by:  from Southern California. on 6/27/2013
the best kale ever
I have never grow kale before and was so suprised how well this grew. I started growing kale for one reason soup! And it was wonderful so full of flavor! And now we are eating it in salads!
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Reviewed by:  from mid west. on 11/22/2011
Greatest Kale EVER!!!
This Kale is tender, flavorful, and amazingly prolific. I cannot praise it highly enough. If you love kale, then this is what you want to grow. My harvest from two plants is staggering, and it is tender and delicious. You can eat this fresh or cooked. One of my plants decided to send out a second main stem, and my harvest was instantly doubled. I am so happy with this variety. GROW IT!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Lebanon. on 6/28/2018
Unbelievably Hardy!
I have grown this variety for a few years. I have mini-hoop houses that I use over my raised beds but had never attempted to keep this growing all winter until 2018-2019. We have had some stretches of very cold weather-teens or single-digit days with -20ºF nights. I never expected this kale to survive but it has! Now that we are nearly into Spring, it has rejuvenated itself and has taken off again! Great variety and extremely hardy!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from NE Ohio. on 3/16/2019
Decorative and Flavorful - Easy Care
This Russian Kale practically grew itself. I'm in Florida zone 9/10 - I planted in late fall and was thrilled to see how decorative the leaves are - plant porn :) a unique blue and purplish green. Can't wait to make my first batch of Kale chips, lovely in a salad and tasty in soup.

A definite winner - will seed again, it is not often that I find veggies that do well in the Tampa Bay area, hopefully they will last until May before the heat kills everything.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Florida. on 2/20/2021
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